2015 Autumn Japan Bonsai Exploration– Part 2

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Thursday morning was spent at the Shunka-en Bonsai Museum of Kunio Kobayashi in Tokyo, Japan. The beauty of bonsai displays here is unparallel in Japan.

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Mr. Kobayashi’s apprentice Jin speaks English and explained the many displays and bonsai in the museum to our group. He mentioned we were lucky, normally about 15 bonsai are on display, but today there are over 50 trees because of an autumn exhibition with client’s bonsai.

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Every time I visit Shunka-en Bonsai Museum there are more and more bonsai, mostly larger sizes which Chinese clients like. Also there were a great number of suiseki all packed up, complete with display tables for next February’s Nippon Bonsai Suiseki Exhibition. Mr. Kobayashi is the current chairman and the accepted stones are collected to be photographed for the album in his garden. I hand carried Mike Pollock’s and my suiseki for the exhibietion which will be in February…

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Seasonal Care for Cold Weather…

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Every year I try to wrap a blog post around the snarly issue of protecting our trees from cold. This year we’ll try a new approach, and take it in a few bite sized chunks, in a couple of blog posts.

Firstly, we need to bear in mind that the top of a tree or shrub is much more cold hardy than the roots. When we read about the ‘cold hardiness’ of a plant in a garden book, that designation is assuming the darn thing is the ground, where it’s supposed to be. The designation takes no heed of silly bonsaiists who will put it up on a bench. Roots are much more tender than their tops!

funny-ice-sculptures-scary A lot of people don’t know this, apparently even a few snow sculptures…

Nextly… on the ground is a good first place to put a bonsai in cold weather, generally when it is dropping…

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